Fisheries Management

A key responsibility of the Salmon Sub-Committee is consulting with the public and making recommendations with regard to fisheries management. Each year, the YSSC, in partnership with Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard (DFO) conducts a series of public meetings to gather input for the creation of Integrated Fisheries Management Plans for the Yukon (including the Porcupine River) and the Alsek River drainages. These plans are an integral part of the successful management of Yukon’s salmon fisheries. Following public consultation, the YSSC makes recommendations to the Minister of DFO regarding the contents of these plans.

In 2001, the YSSC and DFO developed a process and protocol for the development of fisheries management plans. The objective of this initiative was to clarify the roles and responsibilities of both DFO and YSSC and to ensure that all stakeholders are involved in the development of these plans.

Also in 2001, YSSC and DFO partnered to form the Alsek Working Group. This group was formed to improve the quality of First Nations and stakeholder input in the development of the Alsek management plan. The group had representation from First Nations, YSSC and DFO.

These reports are available from the Yukon Salmon Sub-Committee:

  • “A Review of the Yukon River Commercial Salmon Fishery”
    (February 1997, Hugh Monaghan & Associates)
  • “Yukon River Basin Domestic Salmon Fishery: Suggested Policy Guidelines”
    (January 1997, Dick Mahoney)
  • “Yukon Territory Salmon Sport Fishery Licensing System”
    (February 1997, Darrell Otto)